In everything, give thanks

The Bible says, “In everything, give thanks …” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). This time of year, that is, Thanksgiving through Christmas, is my favorite. It humbles me.

I have abundantly been blessed and have so much to be thankful for. In my effort to do so, I still fail to adequately thank God for all these wonderful, undeserved blessings.

We have Veterans Day. I urge all to reach out to a veteran, slap him or her on the back, shake their hand, buy them a cup of coffee or a meal. Thank him or her for their service to this great country.

The, Thanksgiving is next, followed by Christmas. I see that our veterans are some of the most disrespected, mistreated and used people in society by the populace and the very government they fought for.

When I think of these holidays, I think of John 15, verse 14: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

My friend, I see a correlation in Veteran’s Day and Christmas. When a young man or woman joins the Armed Forces, in all actuality, they are saying, “I’m willing to die for my country, our freedom and you.” And most have never met us personally. I thank God for our veterans and the freedom that most of us take for granted.

Christmas is in honor of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He knows each of us personally (Jeremiah 1:5) and came to die for our sins that we might have eternal life. Not only our sins, but the sins of the whole world. All we have to do is accept this gift (John 3:16).

It is my prayer that you and yours have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

Carl A. Hinson Sr.